Genealogy Newsline Vol. 1 # 2

Genealogy Newsline – Vol 1 #2 – January 18, 2011
Edited by Leland K. Meitzler for Family Roots Publishing Co., LLC

This is the second edition of the FREE Genealogy Newsline. It is an outgrowth of the Family Roots Publishing newsletter, and the Everton Newsline, which I once edited for Everton Publishers. The Genealogy Newsline has been in the planning for about six months, and with the start of the new year, I felt now was the time to launch. If you should get more than one newsletter, chances are we have more than one active email account in our database for you. My advice is to just scroll to the bottom of the duplicate newsletter, and click on “Unsubscribe.” That will get rid of the duplicate newsletter.



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Using the United States Colonial, Territorial & State Censuses

FREE Finding Your Female Ancestors” Webinar

Book Reviews & Announcements

  • Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Vol. 1, Eastern States
  • Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Vol. 2, Western States

More Genealogy News – with links to Timely Genealogy-Related Articles

Essential Books From Family Roots Publishing Company

Events where Family Roots Publishing Co. LLC Will Exhibit in 2011

Going to Salt Lake City?


About the Genealogy Newsline

The Genealogy Newsline Archive

Leland K. Meitzler Biography

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In checking the website this morning, I noted that new digital data for two important state censuses was posted last week. The two states and census years are Rhode Island 1935, and New York State 1892. Since I had many relatives living in New York in 1892, I immediately checked out the new data.

Two New York families immediately came to mind, first my Meitzler grandparents who lived in Brighton, and secondly, my cousin, Robert Cyrus Titus. In searching for Charles Meitzler, I got three hits, one in Brooklyn that rang no bells, one for Charles H. Meitzler, my cousin, and one for my great-grandfather. By clicking on “view image,” I got the digital image of the record. This included three generations of the family. I already had a copy of this record, which I found some years back, while searching the then unindexed films at the New York State Library.

However, my next search was for my cousin, Robert Cyrus Titus, who lived in Buffalo, New York. I didn’t have an 1892 census record for him. He was a political kind of guy, spending years on the New York Supreme Court, running for governor of New York, and acting as defense attorney for President McKinley’s assassin, anarchist Leon Czolgosz. Searching for Robert Titus, I got four solid hits, one of them being specifically for Robert C Titus, who was listed with an occupation of Judge on the digitized image.

Thirty-Seven States Took State Censuses

Thirty-seven states took colonial, territorial and/or state censuses. These census records help fill in the 10-year blanks between the Federal Decennial censuses that have been taken since 1790, and in some cases even before that. State censuses haven’t had near the accessibility, nor the publicity that Federal census records have had. Most haven’t had indexes, so we just didn’t hear much about them. That’s all changing very rapidly.,, and other websites have been digitizing and posting these records. Dollarhide wrote several books on the subject, the two most popular being Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Vol. 1, Eastern States; and Census Substitutes & State Census Records Vol. 2, Western States. The publication of these two books has opened up a plethora of resources to genealogists, most of whom had no idea that they even existed. Note that the title includes census substitutes. Census substitutes are closely related to the State Census Records, as they are records that are most-often available for years between the Federal Decennial Censuses, and are made up of large name lists. Substitutes include tax records, voter registration rolls, city directories and any other lists that cover large numbers of the population. If you haven’t used these types of records, I highly recommend that you do so, as these types of records will add all kinds of information on your family – and maybe even help you break a few brick-wall genealogy problems.

As I mentioned above, is one of the websites where we are now finding digitized and indexed state census records. Following are links to the two collections just updated at, with additional state census records following.


Search the digitized 1892 New York State Census Records

Details about the New York State 1892 Census from the website: This database is made up of a name index and images of the population schedule from the New York census taken in 1892. This state census is an every-name index to the state’s inhabitants as of February 16, 1892. The collection includes 40 counties. Population schedules for the following counties are missing or lost: Chenango, Columbia, Franklin, Fulton, Jefferson, Livingston, New York (the Bronx and Manhattan), Oneida, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Richmond, Schuyler, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester, and Wyoming.

Search the digitized 1935 Rhode Island State Census

Details about the 1935 Rhode Island State Census from the website: This database is made up of a name index to population schedule of the census of Rhode Island taken by that state in 1935. Officially known as the 1935 state census, these schedules are on computer cards dated January 1936. This census is an every-name list of the state’s inhabitants as of 1935. The records are arranged by county and town and then alphabetically by surname. People enumerated in the census are recorded individually; the census records do not show individuals in family groups.




The Salt Lake Christmas Tour is known for having the highest ratio of consulting professional genealogists per attendee of any research tour to the Family History Library. Over 20 classes are offered during the week, as well as 6 days of professionally assisted research. Thomas MacEntee will also be leading hands-on online workshops throughout the week. Join us for the 27th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour – December 4 through 10, 2011. See:


Registration is now open for an upcoming webinar: Chasing Women – Finding Your Female Ancestors. Hosted by Legacy Family Tree’s Geoff Rasmussen and presented by’s Leland K. Meitzler (yes – that’s me).

While the live webinar is not until Wednesday, February 16, 2011, space is limited to the first 1,000 attendees, so register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free.

Webinar Description
Locating the names of our female ancestors can be difficult – principally because their names changed upon marrying. However, women historically haven’t produced as many records as their husbands, since women’s suffrage largely didn’t exist until the twentieth century. This adds to the difficulty of finding their names, let alone the details of their lives.

There are two major search areas that we deal with in locating women’s names, the first being the search for their maiden names, and secondly, the search for their married names. One search can be as hard as the other, and you may find you’re doing both types of searches on the same women.

This webinar is very “source” oriented, giving detailed information on a wide variety of sources, starting with the obvious, and working its way through sources that you may not have thought of using previously.

About the presenter
Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company, writes daily at, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour (now in its 27th year), and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

Registration is free, but space is limited to 1000 attendees. Click Here to go the the GotoWebinar site and reserve your webinar seat, by clicking on the REGISTER NOW button.



In this edition of the Genealogy Newsline, I am reviewing two relatively new books that tie in with the above feature subject this time around. I am the publisher of both volumes. They were both written on my recommendation, and they are books the I heartily endorse. I personally use them regularly in my own research.


Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Vol. 1, Eastern States

In this 2-volume set of books, written on my direction, acclaimed author William Dollarhide identifies Census Substitutes, as well as State Census Records for the United States of America. The substitutes are those name lists derived from tax lists, directories, military lists, land ownership lists, voter registrations, and other compilations of names of residents for an entire state, one or more counties of a state, or one or more towns of a county. As mentioned in my feature article above, thirty-seven states conducted colonial, territorial, or state censuses that are extant and available for research today. Usually taken between Federal Decennial Census years, these records often contain unique information, and may even shed light on the lives of your ancestors that may have been on-the-move.

Volume 1 covers:

  • The Old Southwest (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana & Mississippi);
  • New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island & Vermont);
  • Mid-Atlantic States (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York & Pennsylvania);
  • The Old South (Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia & West Virginia);
  • The Old Northwest (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio & Wisconsin);
  • and the Central Plains (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Dakota Territory/North Dakota/South Dakota).

Through Monday, January 24 at 12 P.M. EST, Family Roots Publishing is offering this volume at 10% off. The book is normally $32.95, but with the 10% discount, it’s only $29.65 – a great value for genealogists. Click for more information and/or to order.


Census Substitutes & State Census Records, Vol. 2, Western States

Volume 2 covers:

  • Texas, Oklahoma (Spanish/Mexican Texas, Republic of Texas/State of Texas, Indian Territory/Oklahoma Territory & Oklahoma);
  • California & Nevada, Alaska & Hawaii (Spanish/Mexican/State of California, Nevada, District/Territory/State of Alaska, Kingdom/Territory/State of Hawaii);
  • Nuevo Mexico (Spanish/Mexican New Mexico, New Mexico &Arizona);
  • The Mountain West (Colorado, Utah & Wyoming);
  • and the Oregon Country (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana).

I personally use these two books on a regular basis and recommend them to all my friends. In full disclosure, I am the publisher. However, they are of tremendous value, listing resources that you may not have otherwise known about.

Through Monday, January 24 at 12 P.M. EST, Family Roots Publishing is offering this volume at 10% off. The book is normally $32.95, but with the 10% discount, it’s only $29.65 – a great value for genealogists. Click for more information and/or to order.


Even better yet, order both volumes as a 2-volume package, and save even more, at $57.99. Click Here for more information and/or to order the set.



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  • The Arizona Family History Expo – Mesa, Arizona – January 21 & 22, 2011
  • SLOCGS Family History Day – San Luis Obispo, California – February 5, 2011
  • Rootstech – Salt Lake City, Utah – February 10-12, 2011
  • St. George Family History Expo – St. George, Utah – February 25-26, 2011
  • South Davis Family History Fair – Bountiful, Utah – March 5, 2011
  • New England Regional Genealogy Conference – Springfield, Massachusetts – April 6-10, 2011
  • National Genealogical Society Annual Conference – Charleston, South Carolina – May 11-14, 2011
  • SCGS Jamboree – Burbank, California – June 10-12, 2011
  • Colorado Family History Expo – Loveland, Colorado – June 24 & 25, 2011
  • Midwest Family History Expo – Overland Park, Kansas – July 29 & 30, 2011
  • Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference – Springfield, Illinois – September 7-10, 2011
  • Washington State Gen Society Annual Conference – Richland, Washington – Sept. 16 & 17, 2011
  • Salt Lake Plaza Hotel Heritage Room – Exhibits Only – September 20, 21, & 22, 2011
  • Northern California Family History Expo – San Mateo, California – October 7 & 8, 2011
  • Salt Lake Plaza Hotel Heritage Room – Exhibits Only – October 10, 11, & 12, 2011
  • Military Family History Expo – Salt Lake City, Utah – October 29, 2011
  • Salt Lake Plaza Hotel Heritage Room – Exhibits Only – October 31 & November 1 & 2, 2011
  • Atlanta Family History Expo – Duluth, Georgia – November 11 & 12, 2011
  • Salt Lake Christmas Tour – Salt Lake City, Utah – December 5-11, 2011
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      Mr. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985. Mr. Meitzler worked as Managing Editor for Heritage Quest Magazine from 1985 through 2005, and held the same position with Everton Publishers, editing The Genealogical Helper, from 2006 until February of 2009. He is the now co-owner of Family Roots Publishing Company, LLC, and writes daily at Meitzler conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour, now in its 27th year. With over 2000 lectures to his credit, his programs are always motivational and informative. He may be contacted at


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